Round 5 Pennant Report 2018/19



Pakenham One (Div 1) were back in the winners’ circle last Saturday.  Playing at home in windy conditions against the strong Heathmont club, they jumped away to an early lead and by half way through the game had three rinks up and an overall lead of 24 shots.  From that point it was an arm wrestle.  However the Lions brought it home, winning 91/66 and collecting 15 Pennant points.  The best rink with a final score of 31/10 was Trent Gribbin (S), Alan (Paris) Hilton (3), Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (2) and Terry Sullivan (L).  Trent’s crew seemed to be playing on another planet – at one stage they led their opponents by 27 shots to two!  The win saw them jump up to sixth spot on the ladder.  They will play Ferntree Gully (away) next round.

Down by the beach at Carrum, Pakenham Two (Div 2) were exposed to the full force of the wind on a slick synthetic green but still got away to a promising start and by afternoon tea had two rinks up and a slender overall lead of four shots.  However from there on the game gradually slipped away from them and despite winning on two rinks, they were eventually beaten 85/72.  Best rink with a score of 20/15 was Dave Wood (S), Peter Ellis (3), Ryan Tebble (2) and Brian Norton (L).  As a result of the loss they dropped to seventh on the ladder.  They are home to Mulgrave Country Club (tenth) next round.

Despite being away from home, Pakenham Three (Div 3) got an early jump on their opponents at Cranbourne and with the game half completed had a 20 shot lead and were up across the board.  By the completion of play they went down narrowly on two rinks but still came home with a 24 shot (91/67) victory.  Best rink with a healthy 24/8 scorecard was Charles Harris (S), Paul Walter (3), Sylvana (Tina) Courtin (2) and Razor Ray Pigdon (L).  The Threes did not advance up the ladder as a result of their win but it was the start of a move in the right direction.  They are away again next round at Keysborough.

Big wins on two rinks and close scores on the other two saw Pakenham Four (Div 6) inflict a resounding defeat on “The Old Enemy,” Berwick.  The Lions absolutely bolted from the barriers and did not give their opponents a sniff at any stage of the game.  The final score was 103/55, with three rinks up and the other down by only one shot.  Best rink with a score of 34/10 was John Moore (S), Sam Granieri (3), David Moore (2) and Vince Bevilacqua (L), although at 32/10, Bill Bosch’s crew weren’t far behind.  They sit in the middle of the ladder at fifth and play away at Bentleigh, seventh, next round.

Unfortunately, Pakenham Five (Div 7) had a Saturday they would rather forget.  Playing Dandy RSL REC at Keysborough, with one man short and another injured, they were never able to get into the game and eventually lost by an even 50 shots, 56/106.  The best rink was Alan Waterson (S), Luis Aguilar (3), Gail Bowman (2) and Judith Ferrari (L) – at 19/20 they went down fighting.  The Fives will be at home to Monbulk next round.


Pakenham One (Div 1) had a much better day last Tuesday.  They started confidently at home against Vermont South and quickly got away to a good early lead on two rinks while the other was neck and neck.   By lunch time the Lions led on all rinks and had an overall lead of 15 shots.  The visitors fought back in the second half of the game but the end result was Pakenham up by 67/54 with two winning rinks.  Best of the winners with 22/13 were Gary (Crow) Crowley (S), Ned Courtin (3), Jim Williams (2) and Stormin’ Norm Box (L).  The win did not improve their position on the ladder but it did provide a bit of a buffer.

The Melbourne Cup stops the nation – and so it is with bowls.  Consequently there will be no Pennant play on Tuesday 6 November and round seven will not be played until 13 November.  Pakenham One will be away at Clayton.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) were at home to Hampton Park.  They stuttered a bit at the start of a low scoring game and although it was tight all day and the game never got away from them, it seemed that they were always chasing a few vital shots.  The margin was minus three at half time and at 55/58 was still minus three at the completion of play.  The Lions’ only winning rink with a score of 20/17 was Terry O’Toole (S), Josie Mazzarella (3), Peter Powney (2) and Jan Moore (L).  They dropped to fifth on the ladder and will be away at Keysborough (second) next round.

Bowls Victoria have changed their method of allocating Pennant points this season – as a result, although Pakenham Three (Div 5) had a bye in round six, they were awarded the full 16 Pennant points and retained third spot on the ladder.  They will be home to the Dandenong Club (ninth) next round.

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four were just across town at Cardinia Waters.  They jumped away to a good start but by the half way mark their hosts had pegged them back and were ahead by seven shots.  However both Pakenham rinks outscored their opponents in the second half of the game with John Moore’s crew winning the last seven ends on the trot and picking up 18 shots in the process – this resulted in a Lions’ win, 42/34.  Best Pakenham rink was John Moore (S), Peter Wilson (3) and Jan Stevenson (L) with a 27/11 score card.  In a battle of the cellar dwellers, the Fours will be at home to Churchill Waverley Golf next round.


Winner of the HI-LO for round five was Ray Leggett with number 34.

Des Leigh